Plans To Develop Children’s Medical Research Center In Washington, D.C. Should Move Forward

The Washington Post: Saving children — and a hallowed site
Kurt Newman, president and chief executive of Children’s National Health System

Discussing a debate over the future plans for a building site in Washington, D.C., the author writes, “Founded in 1955, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) building once housed an eminent biomedical research program. Now our country can convert this abandoned but renovated facility into a world-class pediatric medical research center, devoted to the groundbreaking discoveries that can save children’s lives and advance global child health. But this opportunity could be lost amid discussion over how to divide 43 acres of the Walter Reed site, upending a plan already agreed to by the Defense Department, approved by Congress and endorsed by key District officials and neighborhood groups…” (2/4).